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26 Oct 2012

At risk! Get the flu jab now!

Seasonal flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It’s a highly infectious disease caused by a number of flu viruses. It is more dangerous than just a cold. A flu jab (vaccination) is a quick way to protect yourself against flu.

Some people are more susceptible to the effects of seasonal flu. For them it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. You are at risks for serious flu related complications if you fall into any of the groups below:

· Aged 65 years or over

· Living in a residential or nursing home

· Pregnant

· Have a heart problem

· Have a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis or emphysema

· Kidney disease

· Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)

· Liver disease

· Had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

· Diabetes

· A neurological condition, for example multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy

· A problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed

· The main carer of an older or disabled person

· A frontline health or social care worker

The flu jab is perfectly safe and will not give you the flu.  If you would like to know if you qualify for a free flu jab or want more information on receiving a flu jab please contact us today on 020 8299 0499

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